Peer to peer support

In the West of England, many founders have their own personal support networks - from their experience in incubators and accelerators or from their previous careers. However, there are a growing number of events and networks designed to facilitate greater peer to peer support, these include:

Threads Bristol

Threads enables scale-up of technology businesses by providing a forum for leaders and managers to discuss and pool their learning around issues that impact business growth - leadership, operations and people. Threads run monthly facilitated round-table discussions, exclusively for Founders and Leaders, providing a unique opportunity to talk about issues that you face, or may soon face, within your operation. It's an opportunity to gauge your thinking and seek fresh perspective from people whose judgement you value.

SW Founders

South West Founders is a monthly meet-up for people based in the South-West who have been, are, or want to be tech start-up founders. We aim to connect local entrepreneurs with co-founders and other like-minded people as well as tech investors to create an informal support network.

Engine Shed Scale up Briefings

Engine Shed hosts a series of events designed to bring the scale up founder/employee community together with support providers. Each event focuses on a specific topic such as 'Raising £1M or more' and 'Room for Growth.' Click here to find out more about the forthcoming events.

Executive Foundation

Mike Wilsher convenes groups of SME leaders for monthly peer groups where they enjoy a confidential sounding board and hear the latest business thinking from experts. Members of Executive Foundation use monthly sessions to resolve our issues, test out our plans, collect ideas, share learning, get feedback and refresh ourselves. We benefit from the different skills, cultures, approaches and experience in the room and we share a drive to improve, grow and go further. As proof it works, our companies grew by an average of 18% in net assets last year.

Inspire Elite

Inspire support high growth businesses to become even more successful through a unique programme of event and support. Inspire bring together founders of companies that have grown consistently for 3 years, an annual turnover in excess of £1 million and 10+ Employees.